Last updated on September 22, 2021
Whether you’re downtown, in Hochelaga, or way up in the Plateau, finding an all-vegan restaurant in Montreal is no longer a difficult task. When in doubt, apps such as Happy Cow are there to make it even easier for you. While woke restaurants are increasingly catering to vegans in more ways than just veggie burgers, nothing beats the comfort of choosing from a menu that is completely vegan.
Here is a compilation of some of the best vegan restaurants in Montreal as of 2021 :
Craving sushi that is delicious and cruelty-free? Sushi Momo is your guy! Sushi Momo combines the worlds of sophisticated sushi with innovative plant-based cuisine. With over 30 rolls to choose from, chef and owner Christian Ventura utilizes a wide range of ingredients to create unforgettable textures and flavours. In addition to sushi, their menu includes Japanese sides such as fried gyozas and a soba-ramen salad.
LOV is well known for its stunning picturesque decor and delicious organic plant-based menu. With their BBQ jackfruit burgers and creamy kale mac and cheese, this chic bistro with several locations illustrates that vegan food can also be flavour-packed comfort food. While everything on their menu is vegan, there’s no shortage of rich, cheesy goodness: LOV’s homemade nut-based cheese is addicting to even a non-vegan. Anyone for vegan poutine?
If there’s one spot to try to persuade your pals to join you on the green side, it’s this comfort food haven. Bowhead Pub, which has taken up excellent real estate on the corner of Saint-Laurent and Avenue des Pins, demonstrates that vegan cuisine doesn’t have to be green and healthy. You’ll find gourmet vegan burgers, wings, faux cheese sticks, and Frito nachos, amongst other veganized comfort food classics on their menu. Even their alcohol and beers on tap are cruelty-free, making them the first all-vegan pub in the city.
Bistro Tendresse, a trendy newcomer in the Gay Village, serves vegan cuisine in a setting that’s a little more elegant than your typical plant-based restaurant, and the result is immediately enticing. Whether you’re vegan or not, Tendresse is the perfect spot to nourish yourself before a night out in the village, or to enjoy a comforting vegan brunch. Sit back and indulge in its elegant décor and fun, internationally-influenced food. In addition to a tasty plant-based menu, all of their wines are imported directly from France! The wine list piques your interest and encourages you to learn more while being true to their vegan and organic image.
Powered by Sushi Momo’s Christian Ventura, Casa Kaizen serves up Mexican dishes with a Japanese twist. If your taste buds are craving an adventure, and you want to try something new in the Montreal food scene, Casa Kaizen is the place to go. With 8 types of tacos to choose from, it’s impossible not to return. Their zucchini flower and cactus tatar is also a must-try. Walking through Casa Kaizen, located in the midst of one of Montreal’s trendiest neighbourhoods, you get a sense of belonging and comfort, as well as a burst of creativity. It’s sophisticated, tasteful, earthy and ethereal.
From the creators of LOV and Sushi Momo, Bloom Sushi is another recent vegan restaurant in Old Montreal. They serve beautifully prepared vegan makis and other izakaya-style meals for a flavour-packed plant-based meal. With expertly balanced umami, saltiness, and freshness, their sushi is next-level. Instead of fish, their menu is centered around mushrooms, cauliflower, avocado, tofu, tomatoes, hearts of palm, and other veggies. If it’s your first time, we recommend their sushi platters, which include a combination of the kitchen’s favourite rolls.
With its first location on Saint-Dominique in the late 90s, Aux Vives is the OG of vegan food in Montreal. Since relocating to the Plateau a few years later, it’s become a local institution, with a long-awaited second location in Westmount. Hearty bowls, ginormous wraps made from homemade chapati, smoothies, and fresh juices are among Aux Vivres’ distinctive interpretations on healthful, fresh fare, making it a perfect hangout for the health-conscious omnivore or vegan. Aux Vivres is also known for its variety of gourmet desserts. Their classic “uncheesecakes” are so rich and delicious that they will trick any non-vegan.
Chu Chai will trick the best of you with their expertly prepared Thai dishes with imitation duck, chicken, and shrimp. The restaurant is hip and caters to a young professional crowd, making it more upscale than most other vegan restaurants on this list. Their drink selection is almost as long as their food menu, making it an excellent choice for a night out. Their wide selection of mock-meats and seafood is perfect for satisfying cravings in a cruelty-free way.
With two locations in Montreal, Hello 123 is another relative newcomer in the Montreal vegan scene that serves generous portions of brunch, lunch, dinner, wine, and cocktails. In addition to tasty, well-presented vegan food, Hello 123’s dining area is filled with plant hangers and cozy lighting. While Hello 123 opened its doors in 2019, a version of the restaurant has been open for a few years on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Even though co-founder Kupfert and his staff are Montreal natives, Hello 123 is not. It’s the second restaurant Kupfert has brought over from Toronto. The first, Kupfert & Kim, has been serving fast-casual plant-based lunch bowls and mashed potatoes since 2011.
La Panthère Verte
The Green Panther is a great location to pick up a comforting lunch and feel good about it. Their menu is vegan, organic, and uses recyclable materials whenever possible. The smell of freshly baked vegan sweets entices consumers into each of their six locations, which are bright, airy, and loaded with plants. Why not fuel your brain with their delicious pita, then reward yourself for all your late studying with a coconut milk chai latte and a slice of homemade carrot cake?
Who said fast food has to equate to artery-clogging nonsense? Copper Branch takes healthy, plant-based cuisine and makes them convenient for lunch rushes or grab-and-go. Their JustEgg-based breakfast sandwiches are enough to put your McMuffin to shame. They also have a variety of fair-trade coffees, teas, and fresh juice smoothies to fulfil your thirst. With eleven locations around downtown Montreal and the South Shore’s Dix30, there’s no reason to go to McDonald’s or Tim Hortons ever again.
Located in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau, Sham’s objective is to provide Montrealers with the most fantastic food possible. In producing all their vegan or Syrian dishes, they meticulously pick their ingredients and utilize only the freshest and most natural ingredients. Their menu features a delicious combination of healthy, home-cooked Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals that will tantalize your taste buds. Begin your lunch with a healthy Bulgur Tabbouleh Salad then choose from a variety of vegan sandwiches or cashew-based poutines.
Montreal is proud of Antidote, a great hipster vegan eatery. Everything about this place is perfect: excellent branding, a bright and airy environment with stylish industrial elements, a friendly staff, and, of course, excellent food. Vegan versions of meaty Montreal classics like smoked salmon bagels and breakfast poutines are among their menu’s highlights. Whether you’re there for brunch, lunch or dinner, their menu is packed with veganized versions of Montreal’s most favorite comfort foods.
Located in Mile End, Café Résonance is a cozy café that combines coffee, live music, and a variety of plant-based food. While listening to local music at this quaint, intimate sub-basement spot, tuck into a bowl of chili or a grilled cheez sandwich made from a sunflower-based cheese. Avocado toast, mac ‘n’ cheese, and nachos are among the delicacies on the Résonance menu. They also serve breakfast, so if you’re looking for a satisfying vegan brunch, this is a great place to go.
Mimi and Jones
Mimi and Jones is an all-vegan diner in Montreal’s Mile End. It’s ideal for folks who want to enjoy typical, comforting diner food but in a cruelty-free fashion. You can go there for all of your favourite foods, including burgers, fried chicken, milkshakes, and cheesecake! Mimi and Jones’ dining environment is relaxed, friendly, in addition to their nostalgic menu. If you wish to introduce your friends to the delights of vegan food or simply enjoy diner classics in a welcoming environment, Mimi and Jones is the place to go.
If epic gourmet burgers and fried chicken are your thing, Burger Fiancé should be put on your to-try list. In addition to plant-based fast food classics like hot dogs, cheeseburgers and pulled pork sandwiches, they also have a terrace where you can sit and enjoy cocktails and local craft beer. Their oat milk-based milkshakes are also to die for.